This Abandoned Soviet Space Center Looks Like Something Out of a Movie
No, this isn’t some Will Smith-starring post-apocalyptic summer thriller. What you see here is a real Soviet space center that was really abandoned and left to its own devices. Both amazing and a little bit creepy at the same time. The photos come courtesy of urban explorer Ralph Mirebs, who visited the abandoned Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a few weeks back. It really makes you think— how did this advanced facility end up looking like this? RELATED: Ferrari Spaceship Gives us a Glimpse of the Future
This superstructure was home to the Buran shuttle program, according to Gizmodo. It ran from 1974 to 1993 with little success. Only one automated orbital flight ever made it out of the hangars, with a second rocket prepping for launch in 1992. But in 1993, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the place simply went abandoned due to lack of funding.
One of the shuttles seen here, dubbed OK-12, was the second shuttle planned for launch in 1992. It’s mission was to dock to the Soviet space station Mir. Now, it sits alone and in disrepair, with no chance of leaving Earth anytime soon.
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Photo Credit: Ralph Mirebs
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